South Australia, Southern Ocean, November 2007
In November 2007 I travelled to Adelaide in South Australia and dived in three areas: the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and the Yorke Peninsula. I am particularly grateful to Carey Harmer, of Leafy Seadragon Tours and Sea Optics, for his local knowledge and support in the field. The main aim of this trip was to photograph the beautiful leafy sea dragons (see a self portrait with sea dragon, above). Sea dragons are shy and delicate creatures and winning their trust to get intimate portraits took many dives. In addition to the leafies I photographed a wide variety of species, including Australia sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, pyjama striped squid, ornate cowfish and a range of other fish and invertebrates.
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Equipment-wise I used both the Nikon D2X and Nikon D80 cameras, both in Subal housings. For lenses I used the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye zoom, Nikon 12-24mm, Sigma 17-70mm and Nikon 60mm. I also used my relatively new Inon Z240 strobes. I shot some images of the leafies with the Magic filter, which not only really brought out their colours but also avoided stressing them with repeated strobe flashes.